On December 17, Prime Minister Theresa May announced her intention to set the parliamentary vote on Brexit for the week of January 14. May postponed a vote on the plan last week in the face of opposition from her own conservative Tory party.

In her announcement at the House of Commons, May said, "We intend to return to the 'Meaningful Vote' debate in the week commencing seventh of January, and hold the vote the following week." In her statement, May rejected the idea of a second referendum vote to back out of Brexit. She argued that her agreement to keep close economic ties with the EU after Brexit is the only option to avoid “irreparable” division among UK citizens, saying, "Let us not break faith with the British people by trying to stage another referendum."